Frequently Asked Questions

What are your backgrounds?

Dr. Nawei and Dr. Anna are practicing as licensed acupuncturists here in Colorado. However, both doctors have extensive medical backgrounds. Dr. Nawei was trained as an MD in China, and Dr. Anna obtained her ND degree from Bastyr University.

What can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have been around for thousands of years. Doctors have used these modalities to treat everything in a person, from head to toe. Here is a brief list of the conditions that are treated here at our clinic. If you don’t see something on the list and wonder if acupuncture will help, please give our office a call at 719-632-7103 or email us at

Does acupuncture hurt?

No, acupuncture does not hurt. We press a plastic tube (called the guide tube) against the skin, and the pressure slightly numbs the area. Then, we quickly insert the needle. Sometimes, you may feel a slight prick but oftentimes not. After the energy is activated, you may feel a dull ache, soreness, tingling, or warmth at the point.

I have a fear of needles. Can you still help me?

Yes. Firstly, as mentioned above, acupuncture does not hurt. Secondly, the doctor can use the smallest and fewest needles necessary, while adequately addressing the issues. Interesting to note is that several of our patients do have a fear of needles, but they keep coming back for more acupuncture because of the results they are receiving. Finally, there are other modalities, such as cupping and Chinese herbs, that the doctor can use instead of acupuncture to address certain issues.

Will I start feeling better right away?

It depends on what the issue is, and each person responds to acupuncture differently. Sometimes, people may feel better right after the treatment. Sometimes, they don’t feel any changes until the next day. Other times, it takes a few sessions before people notice a difference. Bottom line is, you don’t know until you try.

Do you take insurance?

No, we are out-of-network providers. However, you may self-submit to your insurance for reimbursement.

Do you take credit cards, cash, or check?

We accept Visa, Mastercard, cash, or check. With cash or check, we do give further discounts on certain services and products.

What is the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?

Though both modalities involve needles, they are VERY different from each other, from the theory to the training. Dry needling releases trigger points based on the anatomy. To be certified in dry needling in Colorado, the practitioner only needs 46 hours of training. On the other hand, acupuncture is based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine theory. Acupuncture activates points on the body to correct energy imbalances, stimulate the person’s own vital force, and start the healing process. To be a licensed acupuncturist in Colorado, the person must graduate from an acupuncture school, which involves 100+ hours of hands-on training. Furthermore, Dr. Nawei was trained as an MD in China, and Dr. Anna was trained as an ND in Seattle.

Are you injecting something with the acupuncture needles?

No, the needles are not hollow, and nothing is injected into the body. The needles are used to activate certain points on the body to stimulate the body’s own healing power.

What style of acupuncture do you use?

At Nawei’s Acupuncture Clinic, we mostly use the TCM style of acupuncture (Traditional Chinese Medicine).

Want to meet one of the doctors and give acupuncture, cupping, or herbs a try? Request an appointment with Dr. Anna.

Article Written by Anna Diec, Lac

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